Combining two novellas into one volume, this collection explores the effects of prejudice and the ramifications of violence with a slightly unhinged sense of humor and unexpected tenderness. Lockpick Pornography, originally published in 2005, is a gender-queer adventure story that was not widely available until now. We All Got It Coming presents the experiences of a young couple dealing with the aftermath of an act of violence. From kidnapping the son of a "family values" politician to violent confrontation, these are characters who fight back.
Joey Comeau is the author of One Bloody Thing After Another, Overqualified, and It's Too Late to Say I'm Sorry, as well as the popular web comic A Softer World. He lives in Toronto.
"In a lot of ways I see Lockpick as a sister text to Nelly Arcan's amazing Exit." —August C. Bourre, Vestige.org
"The Complete Lockpick Pornography is an engaging, occasionally moving, and consistently well-written item—both for fans already familiar with Comeau's A Softer World comics and those encountering him for the first time." —Colin Brush, Broken Pencil
"Gleefully and constructively subversive…Comeau is contributing a vital, welcome voice to a dialogue integral to our society." —www.WinnipegReview.com
"Lockpick Pornography isn’t the first book that features queer characters, nor the first book to be angry or challenging. Yet Lockpick does feel new. There’s a balance between love and violence, accusation and compassion, that tugs at the heartstrings and keeps the book in your thoughts. It’s easy to see the characters’ flaws—it’s their virtues which come out more slowly. That makes it all the more rewarding when you finish the book, and realize that everyone was worthy of your empathy and interest." —Michelle Grifka, The Airspace
"Queers of all stripes will enjoy this grimy, affectionate, endlessly questioning paean to unclassifiability and defiance." —Publisher's Weekly
"Comeau has an unparalleled knack for finding the sweet sadness and rare humour in common pain, in the painfully commonplace." —Quill & Quire (April 2012)
"The best parts of Toronto-based writer Joey Comeau's stories in The Complete Lockpick Pornography are his surprising yet compassionate endings." —The Coast
"A smart, hip, highly readable author" —Alex Good, Toronto Star